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Cisco launches new telepresence system, Project Squared mobile app

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Larry Dignan / ZDNet

Summary: Cisco is busy retooling its collaboration portfolio with a telepresence system that uses less bandwidth and power and Project Squared, a mobile app that offers video conferencing, document sharing and other tools.

Cisco on Monday launched a new three-screen telepresence system designed to cut costs on bandwidth and deployment as well as a mobile collaboration effort dubbed Project Squared.

The moves, announced at its Collaboration Summit 2014, come as Cisco is resetting its collaboration portfolio with the aim of connecting screens of all sizes and power them on its cloud.

On the telepresence front, Cisco launched the IX5000 series of systems. The system is designed for 6 to 18 people and has three screens for an immersive experience. More importantly, the IX5000 doesn't require special lighting, paint colors and additional cabling. Cisco's launch comes as telepresence system sales have fallen because there are cheaper alternatives with lower total cost of ownership.

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